Compared to other countries, where do you think the U.S. falls in the consumption of tea? The beverage, in both hot and cold forms, has grown more popular recently, but in 33 other countries, residents drink more tea than we do here in the States.

Which country drinks the most tea per person? According to a tea map published earlier this week, the residents of Turkey drink the most tea — almost 7 pounds of tea person each year. The Irish come in second at 4.8 pounds per person each year, and in the U.K., consumption is at 4.28 pounds a person each year.

The United States is far below that at only about half a pound a person each year though it is on the rise; from 2007 to 2012, tea sales increased 16 percent.

It must be this rise in tea drinking that convinced Starbucks that now is the time to go into the tea bar business and open its first Teavana Fine Teas + Tea Bar last fall. Starbucks might consider opening tea bars in Russia, Morocco, New Zealand, Egypt, Poland, or Japan — all countries where people consume more than pounds of tea each year.

Have you been drinking more hot or iced tea lately? What’s the reason behind your increased consumption? Me? I have been drinking more hot tea as a way to keep warm in the winter without adding any unnecessary calories to my diet.

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.